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Man rushed to NHS hospital with sepsis says he was served three fish fingers and given DIRTY cutlery

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A patient with sepsis claims he was served a dinner of three fish fingers and given dirty cutlery at an NHS hospital.

Daniel McGuire, from Preston in Lancashire, was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital in August after suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.

The 32-year-old, who spent time in intensive care and on a breathing room during his month-long stay, says he was once given a plate of ‘three fish sticks’ for dinner.

Hospital staff also handed Mr McGuire cutlery which he claimed had “someone else’s custard”.

McGuire, who is currently unemployed, said he was also given a meal consisting of half curry and half a hot pot after the hospital “ran out of food”. He also witnessed another patient being served a ‘rice only’ dinner.

McGuire, who lost five to seven pounds during his time in hospital, said staff were “laughing in disbelief” at his dinner, but any complaints “would fall on deaf ears”.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, admitted “lack of communication” between staff led to mealtime confusion.

The 32-year-old, who spent time in intensive care and a breathing room, claims he was once given a plate of 'three fish sticks' for dinner (pictured)

The 32-year-old, who spent time in intensive care and a breathing room, claims he was once given a plate of ‘three fish sticks’ for dinner (pictured)

Daniel McGuire (pictured with partner Sarah Howden), from Preston in Lancashire, was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital in August after suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.

Daniel McGuire (pictured with partner Sarah Howden), from Preston in Lancashire, was rushed to Royal Preston Hospital in August after suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.

Hospital staff also handed Mr. McGuire silverware that he said had

Hospital staff also handed Mr. McGuire cutlery that he said had “someone else’s custard” on it (in the photo, what he claims is a dirty spoon)

Hospitals told to offer hot meals 24/7, cook fewer chips and more vegetables in NHS-mandated review of grim options

Hospitals have been told to serve fewer French fries in a campaign against boring meals that patients have complained about for decades.

NHS bosses in England have also required trusts to offer hot food 24/7 and allow patients to choose their dinner from bed, as well as cook more vegetable and fish dishes.

The biggest in-house catering reform in history will also see patients served food on proper plates as part of an eco-friendly campaign to end single-use plastic.

It comes in the wake of a review of hospital food by Great British Bake Off cook and judge Dame Prue Leith two years ago, who called on the NHS to prepare better quality and healthier meals, enable patients order food 24 hours a day directly to their bed. and serve porcelain dishes.

Experts welcomed the new NHS standards, which are legally binding, calling them a “major step forward” in ending “hotel service” which sees meals delivered at the “lowest cost”.

But they cautioned that the options on offer must taste good because “healthy food that isn’t eaten doesn’t really benefit anyone.”

The new NHS national standards for food and drink, an update on those set out almost a decade ago, state that all trusts must view ‘food as medicine’ and that managers must be ‘accountable’ for the food served in Her organization.

He noted that “many” hospitals already provide “high-quality food and drink” to their patients, staff and visitors, “but the variation across the country is still too great.”

“Not enough healthy options are consistently available, sustainability is poorly integrated, and too much food is wasted,” the report states.

Hospitals, which will be monitored to ensure they meet food standards, must offer food 24 hours a day, which is “appropriate for their demographic.”

Mr McGuire went to see his GP over the summer after being “very ill”. His doctor thought he had appendicitis, which causes a painful swelling in the abdomen, made worse by talking and coughing.

He was rushed to hospital, where scans revealed he had sepsis (the body’s overreaction to infection) and pneumonia, which is inflammation of tissue in one or both lungs, as well as empyema – pockets of pus inside the body.

McGuire said doctors told him he was lucky he didn’t die at home, as his condition appeared to be very serious.

He spent a month in hospital, including a week in intensive care after his oxygen levels dropped and he was having trouble breathing. She lost a stone (6 kg) that week alone.

Despite doctors’ warnings to eat to help his recovery, he lost another stone (6kg to 12kg) while back in the respiration room, suggesting that lack of food was to blame.

Mr. McGuire said: ‘There was one night I was waiting for my tea. The guy brought it and he was laughing.

He said, “I’m sorry, but this is your tea.” There were only three stone cold fish sticks on the plate.

I think he himself was incredulous. He really didn’t know what to tell me.

There had been a mess with the menu. Or they had lost the menus or whatever. They basically ran out of food.

He added: “I had been given dirty cutlery with someone else’s custard still on the spoons.”

‘I complained there and then about dirty cutlery and they said ‘oh well it happens’. I think he was one of the assistants who filled you with water and that kind of thing.

He said his partner, Sarah Howden, 35, was forced to smuggle food in or would have gone all day without eating.

Mr McGuire said: ‘One day I also bought a curry stew. They had done it several times and they didn’t have enough food.

‘If they didn’t have enough food, that’s what you got. someone only got rice [on one occasion].’

He added: ‘There is no point in making a complaint. She will fall on deaf ears.

After an image of the food was shared on social media, one Twitter user called it “disgusting” and urged an investigation.

The woman wrote: ‘How disgusting is this food at @LancsHospitals? Prisoners eat better!

‘[The Food Standards Agency (FSA)] I need to investigate what food is being served to patients in this hospital.

The FSA said the scope of the complaint fell to the Department of Health and Social Care, which was contacted for comment.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals said: ‘The Trust produces around 80,000 meals per month with inpatients able to select a healthy meal from a menu in advance, and we take hygiene standards very seriously.

‘The system works well most of the time and most patients receive the food they ordered.

‘Occasionally there is order confusion due to miscommunication between the room and the catering team, as was the case here. We understand this was resolved locally at the time.

“When a patient feels their concern has not been addressed, we always encourage them to reach out to our Patient Experience team and PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) to investigate and identify any future learning.”

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